Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, cluster head in-charge for the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), said on Sunday that he was closely coordinating with the heads of the two attached agencies of the DoLE for the crafting of the guidelines in relation to the requirement for the deployment of foreign workers to Japan.
Part of the guidelines, he pointed out, was the accreditation of authorized language schools to prevent Filipino workers from being victimized by run-of-the-mill Japanese language schools.
“Knowing how to speak the Japanese language is one of the requirements in qualifying for work in Japan. That is one area where we should focus, among others, to protect our workers from fly-by-night or bogus language schools,” Paras told The Manila Times.
POEA Administrator Bernardo Olalia on Sunday advised prospective job applicants to wait for the appropriate guidelines for the recruitment and deployment of Filipino workers under Japan’s two new residency visa status.